St Mary's Church of Ireland
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Macosquin (from Irish: Maigh Choscáin, meaning "Coscan's plain") is a small village and townland and civil parish in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-west of Coleraine, on the road to Limavady. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 596 people. The area is known for its underground caves and springs. It is situated within Causeway Coast and Glens district.
The origins of Macosquin date from a 6th-century monastic settlement and the village was home to a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th century. Features remain from its later growth as a Plantation village laid out at the beginning of the 17th century by The Merchant Taylors. Earlier spellings of the village's name are Moycosquin and Moycoscain.
Following fast growth in the 1950s and 1960s the village had a peak population of over 800 in the 1970s, but this has shrunk to a 2001 population of 596.
Religious buildings in Macosquin:
- St. Mary's Church of Ireland Parish Church
- Macosquin Presbyterian Church
- Crossgar Presbyterian Church
- Dromore Presbyterian Church
Macosquin is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 596 people living in Macosquin. Of these:
- 21.8% were aged under 16 years and 16.8% were aged 60 and over
- 48.3% of the population were male and 51.7% were female
- 0.4% were from a Catholic background and 98.3% were from a Protestant background
- 7.6% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- Placenames NI Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
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